Friday, February 25, 2011

Donor Recognition Wall

We've selected a design for our donor recognition wall, which the Hamlin family has funded in memory of their parents.
It will be similar to this - engraved brass plates on the spines of "books" on shelves. We will probably either frame it in white, or finish the wood in a lighter shade, to make it 'pop' against the brick wall in the entry.

We need to find a woodworker to recreate the wooden elements for us - anyone know of someone?

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It's official...

The Johns Creek Borders store will be closed as a part of their bankruptcy reorganization. Very bummed, but not surprised. Click here to see the full list.

Monday, February 14, 2011

A message from the library director

Dear Friends:
I want to thank those of you who advocated for the library by speaking at budget hearings, writing or calling the Fulton County Board of Commissioners. I can’t stress enough how much impact a heart-felt statement of support can have.
The Board of Commissioners approved the FY2011 budget for the Library System at the same amount as last year and added $300,000 to the materials budget, bringing the total library budget to $31.6 million. I believe this boost to the collection was due in large part to your expressions of support.
In addition, I want to let you know that $160,000 in capital funds will enable us to replace malfunctioning and outdated computers throughout the Library System.
While many library systems throughout Georgia and the country are struggling, we are fortunate to maintain our staffing levels, with no branch closings and no reduction of operating hours. This level of service is due to hard work on the part of our staff and to your support.
Progress continues on the Library Bond Program. The project manager from Heery/Russell and her staff are now on board in offices in the Central Library. Request for proposals for architects and contractors will be issued this spring and we anticipate having them selected by the summer. At which time the site selections for new branches must be completed.
Your voice in support of libraries truly makes a difference. Please accept my sincere thanks for your advocacy and for all that you do year round.
John F. Szabo

Friday, February 11, 2011

Poor Jane

I'm currently reading Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman, which tracks the ups and downs of Austen's popularity through the years, and Mark Twain is quoted thusly:
"Every time I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig [Austen] up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone."
I can't say I share Mr. Twain's opinion (though I do appreciate the wit), but it is interesting how critical appreciation of Ms. Austen's work has altered over time.

I'm also re-reading Pride and Prejudice in a lovely annotated edition edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks, as I read Jane's Fame, and the books dovetail nicely, as the annotations frequently expand on something Harman mentions, and vice versa.

Other random facts I've discovered:
-Jane Austen was so anonymous in her own time that only 2 authenticated sketches of her survive (both drawn by her sister), and one of those only shows her from behind!
-Reading Jane Austen can be quite the comforting experience, and Karman relates that during the Great War, her work was quite popular among British soldiers for the relief it offered from the horrors of fighting. Rudyard Kipling even wrote a short story, "The Janeites", concerning this phenomenon, with an illustrated magazine cover showing a soldier at the front reading Persuasion.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Borders headed to bankruptcy?

The New York Times reports that Borders missed payments to its suppliers for the second month in a row, and speculates it is headed towards bankruptcy (read the whole story here).

I dearly hope they are able to restructure - I love the Johns Creek Borders, and would be devastated to lose a good book source!

Sounds like a good reason (as if I needed a reason *grin*) to head over there today and buy a book...